Are you serious? Cuz if you are you will be seeing the back of tha' hand!!!
Why's that? Hell, I'm about to get an ASA 5505. Affordable, POE, works with ASDM, 7.2 code and it's a Cisco product. They are brand spanking new, but can be had for sub 1K. Not too shabby for a SOHO firewall that would work for most SMBs.
Pix is a bit outdated, but can be found dirt cheap and have great functionality. Set up a site-to-site VPN with your office, softphone with extension and the boss will never know the difference.
ROFL jakester.... please learn about the products that you are talking about before you talk about slapping any body..... Remember you are the noobie here.
All I was saying is that you can get something a little bit more convenient than a PIX for the money. I'm not saying that a PIX sucks (and they definitely don't) but I just don't see most home users setting one up and config. it. I guess I'm just a minimalist when it comes to home equipment.
And I admit I'm a noob here on the fourm and I would rather get schooled by RiSK then any other nerd
within one hour of bringing the checkpoing up. I had 6 uDP attacks.. and another 10-12 people try SSH in.. oh. and 3 port scannes..
CABLE INTERNET ROXORS
We setup a seperate Inet connection for marketing emails (or otherwise known as spam). The ASA was no problem, but within' 10 minutes of having the router up it was getting brute force login attempts. AAA/ACS is a blessing and it is interesting to review the logs. The ACL was easy, and it gets thousands of hits per hour. Must be a lot of really bored people out there. Oh, this was before we actually started sending the emails too.